An Overview of Sperm Production

Chapter

Abstract

With every heartbeat, men produce approximately 1,000 spermatozoa. Although the regulatory mechanisms are still only partially understood, the remarkably well-organized process needed for this consistent, high level of production of unique haploid cells has been resolved and is presented in the first section of this review. The numerous unique cellular features needed for the extraordinary sperm cell to undertake its function are then discussed.

Keywords

Spermatogenesis Stem cell renewal Meiosis Spermatid Acrosome Flagellum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Obstetrics and GynecologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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